Nason Ridge

A strenuous, 14 mile round trip day hike, cross country ski, or snowshoe trip with 1,500 feet of elevation gain. The trail climbs steadily with views of the Lake Wenatchee, the Chiwaukum Mountains, and Stuart Range at the ridge crest.

Getting there

In summer, drive US-2 to Coles Corner, 20 miles east of Stevens Pass and 15 miles west of Leavenworth. Turn north onto SR-207, drive 3.6 miles, and turn left onto Cedar Brae Road. Drive 0.3 mile, bear left at the Lake Wenatchee State Park entrance and continue 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Kahler Drive and drive 0.3 mile to the trailhead (2,000 ft).

In winter, drive to the Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort or Nason Ridge Sno-Park. A Sno-Park Pass is required.

On the Trail

Hike the Nason Ridge Trail (No. 1583) as far as desired and return. The junction with the Round Mountain Trail is 6.5 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy walking through pine forest and views of Lake Wenatchee and surrounding mountain. Be sure to look for "Big Red," one of the largest Ponderosa pines in the area.

Snowshoe Route

This route is adjacent to groomed cross-country ski trails, but the Nason Ridge Trail is ungroomed.  Follow the trail uphill through stands of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir, opening up to views of Lake Wenatchee and Dirtyface Mountain.  At 3,200 ft reach the end of the ungroomed trail and intersect the groomed trails.  Look for "Big Red" one of the largest Ponderosa Pines in the area, watching over the lake.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous, G-XC 3 Intermediate Groomed, G-XC 4 Advanced Groomed
  • Length: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • 3,500 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Plain No. 146
  • Green Trails Wenatchee Lake No. 145
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